Recipe: Easy Peppermint Bark

A confession: I don't like chocolate. I don't loathe it, I just don't love it. This news always takes people by surprise. Somehow by the mere fact of my gender, it's assumed that I must immediately be in love with all things dark and sweet. Taste can be so highly individualized, and pesky in nature. Give me a choice between a wedge chocolate cake and a slice of banana cream pie, you'll find a banana-soaked remains of a … [Read more...]

14 Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

“I think leftovers are one of the best things about Thanksgiving!” - Amy Sherman of Cooking with Amy.  This was the general consensus when I asked some food writer friends what they do with their leftovers. Here’s some advice. 1. Update the traditional leftover sandwich “I just recently created some holiday recipes for a grocery store and some of them used leftover turkey,” Amy says. “One of my absolute favorite recipes … [Read more...]

Recipe: Mom’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

When I was seven, I dressed up as a cowgirl and traveled the neighborhood to hand out cookies to strangers. We'd just moved to a small bit of cul de sac away from the farm we'd lived on for more than a decade. I don't know what possessed me to do such a thing. In my new book, I outline the whole crazy notion and note that one of our neighbors nicknamed me "Candy Girl" as a result. By random chance, or maybe not since my … [Read more...]

Shepherd’s Pie with Chard-Lentil Filling

Recipe by Kim O'Donnel My family has shifted to mostly vegetarian in the past couple of years. This has meant something new for us: meatless holiday dinners.  The key to this recipe is a great technique: braising lentils in red wine. This step adds a certain "meatiness" to the dish. Since I first made this dish, I now routinely braise lentils in wine for other dishes, too. Last year, we had the extended family for dinner … [Read more...]

Bread Stuffing with Apples, Bacon, and Caramelized Onions

Recipe by Diane Morgan, from The Thanksgiving Table Who can resist crisp bacon, sautéed apples, and the slightly blackened edges of caramelized onions? With the addition of savory herbs, this is the perfect combination for stuffing. Children, especially those (like mine!) who don’t like mushrooms, really gobble this up. This stuffing pairs deliciously with the Butter-Rubbed Roast Turkey with Apple Cider Glaze. Serves … [Read more...]

Recipe: Kate McDermott’s Pumpkin Pie [video lesson]

Introduction by Kathleen Flinn, Recipe by Kate McDermott from The Art of Pie At its essence, pie dough is simple. It's flour, salt, fat and water. I chose pie maven's Kate McDermott's recipe for this site because not only because it works, yielding a soft, buttery crust, but I like her philosophy behind it. In her essay-as-a-recipe on pie crust, she notes "Dough is kind of like life. The path isn’t always smooth." Her … [Read more...]

Recipe: Cranberry Relish with Port and Orange

Recipe by Kathleen Flinn Forget the stuff in the can. Most of the commercially available cranberry relishes are loaded with high-fructose corn syrup. If you can measure and stir, you can make your own in less than 15 minutes. There's even an easy recipe on the back of the bag of most brands that calls for a simple mix of sugar, water and cranberries. This is a great make-ahead dish for the holidays. Crystallized ginger … [Read more...]